121-122 Precalc Projects

Now that I’ve gotten more adept at the laser cutter and 3D printer, it’s been fun to produce some visuals for the students and their projects. Some help them visualize a complicated scenario, for example breaking a truncated icosahedron into pyramids to measure it surface area and volume. Some help them verify calculations like looking at the math behind logarithmic spirals and nautilus shells. Some are just motivating to play with and figure out the underlying math (Escher’s Circle Limit Puzzle). It’s been a ball having them all working independently and just trying to help through sticking points or provide some guidance for direction of study. I’ve also provided some programming and excel work to help visualize tough problems. We live in a great time, technology truly is helping these students solve problems that they want to solve.

 

dan

 

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